If you’re looking for a piece of decor for your living room, with an extra punch, you can’t go wrong with oversized wall art. When it comes to taking your living room to the next level, you don’t have to redo your entire interior to make an impression. By adding large wall art (and a few simple accessories,) you can give your living space a whole new look. Whether your style is trendy or traditional, canvas prints are an excellent way to showcase your personality and sense of style.
Breaking Down Your Large Wall Art Options
There are several ways you can incorporate large wall art into your living room. The first option, which has had its fair share of popularity, is to opt for a single, large print or work of art. This statement piece is intended to act as a focal point on an empty wall. Another option is to create a gallery wall, using multiple smaller pieces arranged together to create a unique and eye-catching display. If you prefer a more minimalist aesthetic, you can choose a simple abstract or landscape piece and hang it above a sideboard or console table. Additionally, you can go for a triptych, which is a set of three panels that can be hung together or separated to create different arrangements. Large wall art can also be used as a backdrop by hanging a large piece of art behind your seating area to add depth to the space. Whichever way to choose to incorporate large wall art into your living room, it’s a great way to personalize your space and make it more inviting. We’re going to break down a few of the aforementioned techniques below, as well as walk you through the top trending wall art for 2023.
Wall Decor for Living Room: Top Trends
Your living room is the perfect place to experiment with new trends, as it’s the most visible room in your home. Whether you have a studio apartment or a five-bedroom house, your living room is integral to the cohesion of your entire interior. Show your guests you know what’s up in the world of design with trendy wall art. Our resident designer, Elimar Lobo Sáenz, has highlighted boho style as one of 2023’s most popular decor ideas. This carefree, organic look is meant to elevate free-spirited energy and an adventurous aesthetic. However, there are several ways to take this popular trend into 2023 with unexpected design elements. For example, instead of just earthy neutrals, put a contemporary twist on this trend with darker hues like emerald green and other deep, jewel tones. You can also explore funky patterns for an artsy, eclectic vibe.
Big Wall Decor with Bohemian Style
Choose large wall decor for a super easy way to bring a bohemian touch to your living room. We’ll get into the nitty-gritty of canvas sizes and layouts later, but consider a modern multi-panel print to complement the boho style. Choose a minimalist, botanical print for a foolproof, stylish look. Pair your print with vintage furniture for a mix of classic and contemporary. In addition to the classic boho textiles like crochet, macrame, and wicker, add luxe fabrics like velvet to your space. The goal is to make sure all your decor looks intentional, and wall art is a great way to tie together your colors and styles. Pick a piece of artwork that combines the different colors in your space, while maintaining a simple design for optimal balance and flow.
Unique Large Living Room Wall Decor
Curate a living room that nobody else has. While you should undoubtedly incorporate top trends into your living space, you should also add your own personal touch. Big wall decor is a great way to add a splash of something special. We’ve been lucky enough to get our hands on the new James Webb NASA prints. Space-themed decor is coming back in a big way, and galaxy scenes are back in! These revolutionary images of the universe have captured the world’s imagination and curiosity. Change the entire look of your living room with a sparkling, space-style print of one of the James Webb photos. Pair this print with a predominantly neutral atmosphere to maintain a modern look and keep the focus on your oversized print.View inspiring wall decorations for living room >>
The Benefits of Large Wall Art for Living Rooms
Low-cost meets significant impact. The major benefit of large wall art is its ability to elevate your living space with little effort. Plus, you can swap styles depending on changing trends. Large artwork doesn’t take up any floor space, so it’s also the perfect solution for improving small spaces. All you need is a blank wall to host a stunning print.
Don’t be afraid to choose a bold print that makes a statement. You can easily give your living room a brand-new look in the blink of an eye. No matter your budget or layout of your living space, large wall art works for almost everyone. From amateur designers to expert interior decorators, artwork is both accessible and timeless.
Modern Wall Art for Living Rooms: A Summary
Searching for the top modern trends for 2023? We’ve got your back! Our art director, Tirzah Goodman has highlighted geometric wall sets as one of the most popular accessories for the upcoming year. These prints take geometric patterns to a whole new level due to their multi-panel layout. You can choose between a single design with split-panels, or a duo or trio of matching designs. Select a print that stretches across your living room wall, mimicking the length of your sofa or main seating area. Experiment with vibrant, warm and cool tones for added variation and visual dimension. If your space is feeling a little too neutral, a geometric print will maintain the modern look while adding a playful touch.
The Right Art for Your Living Room
The “right” wall art is all about selecting a piece that makes you feel comfortable. Blend current trends with your personal style for a look that’s both universal and individual.
Living Room Decor: Pro Tips
Interior design expert Elimar Lobo Sáenz summarizes 2023 trends in a single statement:
"This year’s aim is to express a message of strength and hopefulness to create a synergy between coziness, functionality and the sense of comfort."
ElephantStock’s fellow resident designer Yoko Chow explains how wall art can transform your space:
“Instead of [committing to a full-blown renovation,] you can simply look for a piece of wall art in the right size and color palette. If you want to focus on wall art instead of [more complex upgrades,] it may be worth it to install something large and impactful. Just be mindful to pick a color palette to complement the rest of the space.” Easy-peasy!
Choosing A Complementary Style
When it comes to oversized wall art, a large print will set the tone for your entire space. Be mindful of what you want to convey. If you’re looking to create a
Living Room Decor: Pro Tips
ElephantStock's decor pro Elimar Lobo Sáenz lists a few of her favorite trends for 2023:
-The "Livable Luxury" style
-Indoor plants & greenery
-Light fixtures & affordable accessories with character
All of these trends have something in common. 2023 is all about creating safe spaces that are loaded with brightness and positive energy. For a finishing touch, Elimar recommends using natural and sustainable materials, as well as different types of wood and handmade fabrics.
For a foolproof print to pair with your minor modern upgrades, go with a trendy abstract figure print. This collection was curated by our art director Tirzah Goodman. The best part? This minimal style ensures you can’t go big enough!
An Eye-Catching Color Palette
An oversized piece of wall art is eye-catching on its own. You don’t need to go overboard with vibrant colors to create a focal point; the size of the canvas will achieve that on its own!
Blue Wall Art for Living Rooms
Blue will always be the ultimate go-to color for artwork. While it isn’t a neutral shade, it can be used liberally without looking garish. Whether your style is vintage or abstract, blue is the perfect color for any homeowner.
Black and Grey Wall Art for Living Rooms
Another way to balance the size of your piece is to use no color at all! Black and grey can still make a significant statement while never appearing gaudy. Classic or contemporary, no shades are more versatile than these colorless tonesView our collection of living room artwork >>
Living Room Wall Art: Sizes
Wondering which size will suit your space best? View this excerpt from our Ultimate Wall Art Size Guide, specifically tailored towards oversized art:
THE DRAMATIC OPTION: 68"X45"
Looking for something really dramatic and big for a large empty wall? We got you!
Choose an oversized wall art that measures 68 inches by 45 inches in height and width. If you want to cover the entire wall above your couch or bed, this is the right size selection for your canvas. It makes your space look dramatic and appealing while adding a luxurious touch to your space.
Before hanging your well-sized wall art, make sure you mark the corners where you want to hang it. For marking, you can use a paper tape so that you can visualize the canvas before actually buying or drilling a hole into the wall.
Wall art that you want to hang over furniture, such as a fireplace, a bed or a couch, should be between 2/3 and 3/4 of the furniture's width. To measure the ideal art size above your furniture, consider this example: If your couch is 6 feet wide, multiply it by 0.66 and 0.75. You need a canvas between 3.96 feet and 4.5 feet wide to fit impressively above the couch.
HUGE Wall Art Options
The best part about living room wall art, is you can practically NEVER go big enough! If you’re dreaming of something so striking that your houseguests gasp in disbelief, our five-panel print comes in a size that will take your breath away. Follow this tip on oversized wall decor for more details:
Large Paintings for Living Room Walls
The five-piece, 92”x42” layout is perfect for a large, modern living room. If you have a large sectional or sofa, you can dare to break the over-the-furniture rule we outlined above for a bold, contemporary look. At the end of the day, modern decor is all about taking chances. As long as you use these tips as a guideline, the rules are meant to be bent (but not broken!)
Explore our array of unique canvas shapes below:
Traditional: 1-Piece Canvas
Trendy: 2-Piece Split Canvas
Modern: 3 to 5-Piece Multi-Panel Canvas
Funky: 7-Piece Hexagonal Canvas
Framed Wall Art for Living Room
If you’re stumped on which layout suits your living room best, consider whether you want a framed or unframed print. Framed prints come in several single panel shapes, and they give your space a super classic look. However, you can add a modern twist by going beyond the simple rectangle. Explore long wall art with panoramic prints, or a narrow, vertical piece. If you’re curious about more of the benefits of framed artwork, check out this rundown from our article on framed vs unframed wall art:
A Polished Look
Framed artwork always looks chic and polished. The air of refinement subconsciously impacts the viewer's perception of your overall space.
A Floating Illusion
Because of the intentional gap between the canvas and the frame, the print appears to be floating inside the frame, giving your wall art an ethereal, three-dimensional look!
A Low-Profile Appearance
Another major visual benefit of framed artwork is that it looks very light and airy, which ultimately results in a neater overall appearance.
Topics Beyond Living Room Wall Art
If you need more convincing on why you should invest in a statement piece of artwork, check out this closing excerpt from our complete guide to professional living room decor:
“The importance of the living room during the pandemic has increased since it is a space dedicated to relaxing and gathering with family members. Many homeowners have refined their approach toward [decorating] this space, and [took to] researching how to enhance the level of comfort. Since the stay-at-home order was placed, the [ambience of our home] has become increasingly significant in our lives. Post-this unprecedented time, it is understandable that the living room has become a critical space for us. With longer hours to spend in this central room, it is a natural reaction to review its functionality and put effort into improvements." – Yoko Chow.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I decorate a large wall in the living room?
A: You can use a variety of wall decor to fill your empty living room wall. One of our top picks is (evidently) an oversized piece of wall art. If you want to add more detail, you can also surround your large wall art with smaller pieces of art to create a dynamic gallery wall. Add mirrors or floating shelves if you want more texture and visual dimension - just make sure not to overwhelm your space!
Q: How do I decorate a brick wall in the living room?
A: A brick wall has a naturally industrial appearance. That means you want to opt for loft-inspired decor. For example, graffiti-inspired wall art is the perfect way to match the edgy exposed brick. Street art is hot this year, so why not bring this iconic urban artwork into your living space? Go with a large piece of Banksy-style artwork to instantly elevate your brick wall. You can also opt for a more minimalist approach and choose a simple abstract print. If you can’t nail into your brick wall, check out our stick-on photo tiles and upload any image your heart desires!
Q: How do I decorate a half wall in the living room?
A: While you might not be able to hang a massive piece of wall art on your half wall, you can still find a statement piece that will fit. For a wall that’s cut by a window or doorway, go with a vertical-style piece of wall art. If you have a half wall that’s open to your kitchen or another space, you can paint a different shade on each side to emphasize separation between each area.
Q: How do I decorate a tall wall in the living room?
A: If you’re lucky enough to have a living room with high ceilings, make sure to choose a piece of wall art that won’t look stunted in comparison. A large vertical print will stretch across a tall wall and create visual dimension. Even if your ceilings are high, don’t make the mistake of hanging your wall art too far up. It’s better to choose an oversized print that can cover a wide area, but hang it at an appropriate height.